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and uncompromising style. thatcher was britain's first female prime minister. her economic reforms transformed britain, but were also deeply polarizing. in recent years, she largely kept out of the public eye as her health began to deteriorate. >> at her last public appearance in 2010, margaret thatcher could barely stand. at her side was british prime minister david cameron, who earlier today offered this moving statement. >> i believe she will go down as the greatest risk peacetime prime minister. >> european leaders echoed those sentiments. >> she was one of the few people who wrote history even while she was still alive. >> may, 19 79. an historic moment in britain. thatcher became the first woman to move into number 10 downing street. >> i know full well the responsibilities that await me as i enter the door of number 10. >> and responsibility she bore for more than 11 years, longer than any other -- a responsibility she bore for more than 11 years, longer than any other british prime minister in the 20th century. she took on the mining industry. 25,000 miners were put out of work. she ma
my twitter feed today and also seeing the front pages of tonight's newspapers in britain, the level of division that she created and the amount of vitriol but high praise, depending on which side of the coin you were on, is really quite extraordinary, unprecedented, i would say, for any modern public political leader. why was she so divisive? >> look, she took some very difficult decisions and she took decisions that were often extremely unpopular, so you know, even though over here in america, she would be i think admired probably both sides of the divide, in the uk, there are people in my party and people in the trade union movement who absolutely detested margaret thatcher and who always say to me how can you say she also did great things. but if you're trying to set all that vitriol aside and be objective about it, the fact is she was a very, very considerable political figure. and some of the things, look, some of the things she did, i disagreed with, over europe, for example, but on other things like how british industry became more competitive and privatizing the state indust
when britain was in decline. when socialism that we had to be treated like some third world country. the 1980's have been a decade where britain regained her strength and pride. we can respond to change with confidence. british industry -- one, until i finish this particular paragraph. being set free to adapt to new ways and new technologies and an unparalleled rage. businesses can once again get a good return on investment. that is why over the three years, we are seeing a 40% increase in business investment and at an unprecedented advance. that is why this country has been getting the lion's share of business coming into the community. they prefer to come to britain. i will give way to the honorable gentleman. >> the prime minister talks about pride in our country. what sort of pride does she have in the fact that she is the only prime minister since the second world war who has presided over a situation in which teenaged children are homeless and hungry in britain? >> mr. speaker, if the gentleman listened to the statement, he will know that extra sums have been allocated. he als
. >> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. margaret thatcher, elected in 1979 as britain's first woman prime minister died today at the age of 87, she had been in poor health for many years. in her day she was indomitable. leading great britain for more than 11 years, longer than any british politician in the 20th century. she was steadfast and dominant. transforming britain after 35 years of labor government, to end union rule. leading her country to victory in the falklands war, playing a key role with ronald reagan and george herbert walker bush in ending the cold war. msnbc's scott cohen joins us and martin bashir joins us from new york. tell us the difference between margaret thatcher's great britain, what she inherited and what you see now as you look at the city and the skyline of the uk? >> well it's very different, andrea, as you know, she inherited a lot of the same things that were going on in the u.s. at that time. runaway inflation, but slow growth. what she did was try to wring that inflation out of the economy, did that successfully. but not without ruffling a lot
of the mob for the rule of law. >> when margaret thatcher first took over as prime minister in 1979, britain was facing political and economic turmoil. she managed to reverse the recession and showed medal on the stage and in 1984 thatcher survived an attempted assassination plot by the irish republican army. in america she became known as a close confident with president reagan, she shares political and economical philosophies. but her style that endured the public to her even years after she left office. >> to those waiting with bated breath for the catch phrase, the u-turn, i have only one thing to say. you turn, if you want to. >>> prime minister david cameron tweeted this morning "it was with great sadness that i learned of lady thatcher's death. we lost a great leader and great prime minister." joining me now nbc martin bashir and katy kay, thank you, both. martin, let me start with you. your first reaction. margaret thatcher, this is your homeland. >> i think thatcher's career can be divided between a fairly effective role on the foreign policy end of things and a domestic one. in 198
. she was the patriot prime minister. she fought for britain's interest every step of the way. >> if all she had done was reached no. 10, issue is guaranteed a place in history. the first and last woman prime minister so far. >> where there is discourse and maybe bring harmony. where there is error maybe being truth. where there is doubt maybe bring a date. >> what she did do was transformed britain. driven by faith in yourself, believe in her ideas, and an iron will. seeking after the winter of discontent. a series of strikes that left rubbish on the streets in the dead and buried. this is the era of the so-called british disease. the mighty unions were her enemy number one. was a new union laws and high interest rates and soaring unemployment drove thousands onto the streets. you want to. -- you turn if oyu want to. [applause] [laughter] the lady is not for turning. >> that result was put to the test in 1982 when the argentine flag was raised on a british territory. against much diplomatic advice on the market after it sent a task force a thousand miles to the south atlantic to launch
was excluded not only from the men's club, but also excluded from the elite circles in great britain. she led a revolution. it could only be called a revolution and in four years authorities took control of ten downing street. she led for over a decade and she saved great britain's economy. it is strange when you go to great britain, you still don't see that this great woman, you don't see the recognition. but steve ratner, you actually worked for "the new york times" in the early '80s and some of her more tumultous years and without her leader great britain would be france today economically. >> at best. when you say she took over a dead party, she took over a dead country in a lot of ways. britain was still suffering even then from the after effects of world war ii. a poor country, in the grip of organized labor and strikes all the done. a big coal mining country. the trade unions would go on strike and she just came in and was, in fact, what is now called the iron lady, she really did have this incredible force of personality. i traveled with her a little bit around the country, but just t
of britain without died today, age 87. joining us henry kissinger, harry evans, tina brown amanda foreman and martin amos. >> her record will always be up for debate. but what i think will be conceded, and she has already won, is the fact that she was a tectonic change in the way women are perceived in society. >> also we remember roger ebert and his contribution to film criticism with "new york times" critic a.o. scott, dana stevens of slate and film director werner herzog. >> i was called by him once a good soldier of cinema. and gave it right back and i said roger, the real good soldier of cinema, that's actually you. you are proceeding, you are holding out, an outpost that many others have abandonedment are you ti doing the tellent discourse about cinema. you are inspiring us. you are the soldier. and now you are disabled. you are the afflicted one, you are the wounded soldier. you cannot speak any more and what an outrage. >> rose: remembering thatcher and ebert when we continue. >> funding for charlie rose was provided by the following:. >> additional funding provided by these funde
was a grocer's daughter who became the first female prime minister of great britain. margaret thatcher was called the iron lady for her personal and political strength. the leader swept into office in 1979, but the promise of transforming the british economy that was suffering from strikes and inflation. >> we decided there was no sense -- it would have to be sustained for some time, and it was accepted because there was -- >> she caught kut taxes, privateized state industries, and deregulated financial markets. opponents accuse the prime minister of widening the gap between the rich and poor. thatcher also restored britain's clout in world affairs and built a special bond with her american counterpart and political soul mate ronald reagan. the leaders had their disagreements, but shared similar conservative world vooz. >> it was -- warmer personally than any relationship between any other british prime minister and any other american president. >> thatcher convinced reagan that mikhail gorbachev was a soviet leader that could do business with. >> he was willing to admit that some thin
. "the new york times" wrote she was a path breaker for the moment she took office in 1979. as britain's first and so far only female prime minister. and she was the rare conservative leader to come not from the upper echelons of britain class obsessed society but a modest apartment above her father's grocery shop. though she did not appear on this program i have spoke tone many people over the past 20 years who wrote about her, worked for her and succeeded her. i'm jinned now by distinguish wished group, people who know something about britain, its politics and politicians starting with henry kissinger, former secretary of state who could only be with us a few minutes, harold evans of the london times and sunday times, tina brown of "newsweek" and the daily beast, martin amos british novelist. i am pleased to have all of them here to talk about the late margaret thatcher. let me go to harry evans, you from editor of the london times and sunday times during margaret thatcher times. >> i first met her before she was anything. henry is referred to as minister of education. i met her when
. thanks so much for being with us. we do begin with breaking news this morning out of britain. former british prime minister margaret thatcher has died. known as the iron lady, she was tough, unrelenting. and her staunch conservative you radios made her a natural ally of president ronald reagan. they were kindred spirits and is likely to evoke strong emotions then as now. becky anderson takes us back. >> reporter: she did it defiance. >> the lady is not returning. >> reporter: she did direct. >> no. no. no. >> reporter: and when she chose, with femininity alongside the steel. >> where there is doubt, may we bring faith. and where there is despair, may we bring hope. >> reporter: her longest serving cabinet member remembers this way. >> her style was essentially a determination not to be driven off course. her phraseology there is no alternative demonstrated a clear determination to see tough policies through. >> margaret thatcher grew up here in a solid uncomplicated english market town. and the values that she learned here shaped her entire political ideology. her father, a pillar of
-- why a political party wants britain to leave the eu. dirty business -- making money with stray dogs in romania. and salty air -- ukraine's underground sanatorium. let's first take a look at how populist parties are shaking up the traditional political landscape across europe. in times of economic crisis, a growing number of voters tend to identify with popust slogans. in italy, that a grid of -- beppe grillo's 5-our movement calls for an end to austerity. in britain, the u.k. independence party blames the eu for britain's current problems. skepticism towards the european project does have a long tradition in the u.k., but it is growing, especially in rural areas. in the upcoming local elections, the party could be a force to be reckoned with. >> for many residents of the small market town in central england, home is where the heart is. but not everyone would go as far as this town councilor. every day, the man turns up at the public toilets to clean them himself. before the party got on to the ramsey town council, the climate's would close on cost- saving grounds -- the toilets were
legacy in britain and odd confusion on twitter. and what was russian president vladimir few -- putin's reaction to protesters? and what does snoop dogg think of rappers? i got nothing else to say to you, man. >> i'm glad. >> i'm glad you're glad. >> nothing about my shirt? >> no, i'm -- i was raised to believe if you can't say nothing nice, say nothing. >> go away, jerk. let's welcome our guest. she is so british she named her kids fish and chips. i am here with -- immogeth lloyd webber. if fierce commentary was a box of crayons he would come in 24 different colors. it is gavin mcguinness. and in peru he is considered a back scrubber, bill schulz. and she is so sharp she can't travel by hot air balloon. next to me, fox news national security analyst, kt mcfarland. >> a block. the lede. that's the first story. and now back to america's least favorite host. >> thank you. the star of "moon struck" had run out of luck or so some people on twitter thought when margaret thatcher died. an anti-thatcher website started the hash tag, now thatcher's dead, and instead some really dumb people re
and her collaboration with ronald reagan in the fight for freedom, whether britain and the rest of the world have is forgotten all she fought to give us. there's a big dark cloud on the horizon, how dare team obama cap your retirement funds? how dare they tell us how to live? this is america, that means freedom. the "kudlow report" begins right now. >> up first tonight, the sizzle story, let's remember one of britain's greatest ministers, she stopped socialism in england and promoted free market views. she stopped the british labor unions and she attempted to lower government, and privatized state run companies and put the city of london back on the map with big bang pfree markets. had he worked together with reagan to bring down the great soviet system is. frankly we need her now more than ever and mr. reagan too. so let's talk. joining us now from florida, former member of the british parliament, john brown, he is now with euro pacific capital and writer and blogger daniel hannan, he is a member of the parliame parliament, and mark samone, john brown, welcome back. john brown,
-serving and only female prime minister in britain's history and today she died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke. now here in the u.s., former prime minister thatcher was known for her legendary partnership with president ronald reagan. we spoke with the former vice president earlier tonight. mr. vice president, nice to see you, sir? >> good to see you, greta. >> today the people in britain say they either loved or loathed her, former prime minister margaret thatcher. what are your memories of her? >> put me in the loved camp. i had enormous respect and regard for prime minister thatcher. she was a great lady but a tremendous leader, too. i remember in the early days of desert storm when we were first dealing with saddam's invasion of kuwait, 20 years ago, the president sent me to saudi arabia to talk to king fahd. after the conversation i got his approval, i called the president back in the oval office to get his authorization so i could go ahead and deploy the force. and margaret thatcher was there at the same time in the oval office. and a couple of months later, then i was in london
held a meeting with then president ronald reagan. [applause] >> of the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland and the united states of america. ♪ ♪ >> i'm so pleased to see him and have the charms of thanking him. of course i'm sad that i'm not in this position with him. because we knew before that i was the prime minster. we have the same political dreams and the same ways of achieving them. governor reagan came to see me in my room. there are lots of times to record. but i think the nicest thing of all it's a different world now and a much better one and a much more hopeful one. >> the thing she said about the state of the world, she would play a major role in bringing things about and these employments. - - improvements. when you stop to think today the unity we have with the allies and nato. i don't think very much of the world can remember more than four decades a piece. >> that was strong and consistent leadership. the president stakes out the ground on wish he wish to fight. he stood on that ground and he fought and he won. >> former first lady nancy reagan re
and only female prime minister in britain's history. today, she died at the age of 87, after suffering a stroke. here in the u.s., she was known for her legendary partnership with president ronald reagan. we spoke with the former vice-president earlier tonight. mr. vice-president, nice to see you, sir. >> good to see you. >> today, the people of britain either loved her or loathed her, former prime minister marg rets thatcher. what do you remember? >> put me in the love camp. i had enormous respect and regard for prime minister thatcher. she was a lady, but a tremendous leader, too. i remember in the early days of desert storm, when we were first dealing with saddam's invasion of kuwait -- this was 20 years ago. the president sent me to saudi arabia to talk to king fahd and get permission to send troop through the desert of saudi arabia. i got his approval and called the president back at the oval office to get his authorization to deploy the force. margaret thatcher was there at the same time in the oval office. and a couple of months later then, i was in london, i had found my way to
of this evening's talking points memo. the 87-year-old former prime minister of great britain died last night from a stroke. as you may know, she along with president ronald reagan defined conservative politics in the 1980s. lady thatcher is a legend in conservative circles. her accomplishments are many, but she was always very controversial figure in her own country and here in america. because the british press and the american media are liberal and always have been. for younger viewers, margaret thatcher was a plain spoken woman who did not suffer fools. >> what the honorable member is saying is that he would rather the poor were poorer provided the rich were less rich. that way you will never create the wealth for better social justices as we have. and what a policy. yes, he would rather have the poor poorer provided the rich were less richer. that is is a liberal policy. >> bill: by the way, had lady thatcher delivered that sound bite today the media would have said she shouted down her opposition or some other nonsense. margaret thatcher believed that a robust private economy would provide t
and businesses all muddled together and it was a consensus-based structure. britain was completely broken, runaway inflation, and i was a young child when she came to power. but i remember those strikes. nothing was working, everything that britain made, all of the cars out of our factory -- she brought us the way around. it was a painful experience going through that. host: you wrote about her conviction, and the answer to her conviction was in her handbag. she carried around with her a quote from abraham lincoln which said "you cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. you cannot ring about property-- prosperity by discouraging thrift. and you cannot help you wage earner by pulling down the wage payer." guest: that speaks to her strong points. she looked to america for guidance, and thracian, and strength. it is natural that she would have a lincoln quote. she started from an absolute set of core principles, which she brought to every fight. that is obviously a secular text from lincoln. she was a staunch methodist. she revered her father, a local town counselor. it was a pill
viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: britain and the world marked the passing of former prime minister margaret thatcher today. she was the first woman to lead any major western power, and became a transformational figure at home and abroad. margaret warner begins our coverage. >> warner: britain's longest serving prime minister of the 20th century dieded this morning after suffering a stroke. flags at number 10 downing street and buckingham palace were lowered to half staff. as an impromptu memorial appeared outside her london home. honoring the steely woman who had transformed her nation's economy and politics and reasserted its voice in the world. current prime minister david cameron, like thatcher, a conservative, reflected on her legacy. >> as our first woman prime minister, margaret thatcher succeeded against all the odds, and the real thing about margaret thatcher is that she didn't just lead our country; she saved our country. and i believe she'll go down as the greatest british peacetime prime minister. >> warner: thatcher came from humble beginnings, the daughter of a grocer
of margaret thatcher. a stark political statement that took on new poignancy today when britain's former prime minister passed at age 87. depending on who is remembering her today, she was either the beloved iron lady who saved england from socialism, saved the world from communism, or she was a lady with a heart of iron. unmoved by the plight of the working poor. no wonder there is such a broad thatcher legacy in song and onscreen. and abc's david wright takes a look. >> reporter: she was a towering figure in 20th century politics and pop culture. >> the iron lady of the western world. >> reporter: the grocer's daughter who refashioned herself as the cold war's winston churchill. >> i like mr. gorbachev. we can do business together. >> reporter: in america she was revered as though she was ronald reagan's better half. >> my political soul mate, a great visionary, and a dear, dear friend. >> reporter: in britain, she was a divisive figure. she left office every bit as unpopular as george w. bush did here. >> each charted course -- >> reporter: that uncompromising image and the us versus them p
it had a lot of truth in it and put into effect changes and didn't roll back the changes made to britain. when they met in 1975, they were both between jobs. he had done for two terms heading toward a favorite conservative to become the presidential nominee, but not quite. by rick thatcher had just become the new leader of the opposition, which the conservative party is an old, stuffy, misogynistic old boys network of general major roads were rather sharp to find a strain on who i don't think any of them entertained other. it is a completely due thing. they discovered in a leader of the opposition's office that they had a meeting set between 20 and 30 minutes and they found they were finishing each other send this. this one of those moments where great people come together in the same -- never to be seen again. it is to be extraordinarily effective in the way they look at domestic affairs and share to borrow from each other's ideas see. i should explain in 1975, the reason margaret thatcher knew who ronald reagan was a she's very worldly in a way. she's never seen and only knew quite to
as britain's first female prime minister. >> ifill: then we revisit a 1981 then we revis it a 1981 interview with thatcher and our own robert macneil and jim leer. >> woodruff: and we examine her legacy with two former u.s. secretaries of state, james baker, and george shultz. and former canadian prime minister tim campbell. >> ifill: as congress grapples with gun legislation we look at several states' efforts to pass gun laws of of their own. >> woodruff: with close with another legacy of the cold war with reports from germ answer on new efforts to protect what remains of the berlin wall. >> attitudes toward the wall have shifted in the last two decades. now many germans want to preserve it. so the mistakes of the past won't be repeated. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by b.p. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting sci
british prime minister margaret thatcher. she died today of a stroke. >> she was 87 years old. britain's first female prime minister. we've got a lot more on this life and her legacy coming up. >>> and in syria, a massive car bomb tore through damascus killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens more. the bomb went off in an area near one of the biggest public squares in the syrian capitol. now, the square surrounded by state buildings including the central bank of syria. >> syria's state television says it's believed the explosion was setoff by a suicide bomber. syria's civil war has been going on two years now. more than 70,000 people have died. let's take you to israel. there is a push-on today to make kick start peace talks between israel and palestinians. secretary of state john kerry the one doing the pushing. >> he is in the middle east and he's already met with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. he made a stop in turkey talking to allies about staying on a path of better relations with israel. >>> margaret thatcher once said she didn't think there would be a female prime m
was great britain's only woman prime minister. martha: she was known for her tough and uncompromising style. thatcher led great britain out of socialism and revived the independent spirit of her country. she was at the helm more than a decade whether trade unions or terrorist it is was agree with maggie or get out of the way. for that margaret thatcher goes down in history as the most influential british prime minister of the post-war era. that kind of self-confidence though wasn't always so apparent. >> i don't think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime. and i don't think it depends on so much whether it is a man prime minister or a woman prime minister as well as that person is the right person for the job. >> reporter: she apparently was the right person. britain's first female prime minister she led the conservative party for three election wins in a row, the country's longest serving prime minister in almost two centuries. thatcher got in on the floor of the reagan revolution. she joined her counterpart with a common goals and ideas. she worked to transform britain and s
government no, question, first as one of the youngest women in parliament and then as britain's first and only female prime minister. the only 20th century prime minister to win three consecutive terms in office. margaret thatcher famous by championed a platform of economic and social reform and to promise to never back down. >> to those waiting with bated breath for that media catch phrase, the u-turn, i have only one thing to say, you turn if you want to. the lady's not returning. >> one of her hard line speeches against soviet policy led a russian journalist to nickname her the iron lady. of course that name stuck. critics argued prime minister thatcher blocked aid to british businesses causing unemployment to eventually skyrocket by the late 1980s. but supporters remembered her solid alliance with the united states under president ronald reagan, helped in negotiations with the soviets to bring the cold war to an end. the chief correspondent jonathan hunt is with us now. jonathan grew up in great britain under margaret thatcher's rein and, i don't know, no question that she has cha
it begins as early as the woodrow wilson administration because britain issued the balfour declaration in 1917 that said his majesty's government will do whatever it can to provide a homeland for jews in palestine as long as it did not violate there right to of those who were already there and woodrow wilson backed the bell for a declaration. that was important but then the ascendancy to the presidency almost exactly coincides with adolf hitler's gaining control in germany and these two men, the democrat and the dictator linked first in conflict then to war and rice to the beginning of the roosevelt administration discussions over the persecution of jews in germany. >> two was leading those discussions? >> probably the leading% was an informal adviser who roosevelt had known much earlier when he was assistant secretary of the navy and they reestablished the friendship when roosevelt ran for governor in 1928 against a jewish opponent and frankfurter was an important to initiate those discussions and what americans can do about it also the secretary of labor frances perkins who was a lab
to be in the public sense is a towering political figure. one that inspires mixed emotions, but it was britain's first woman prime minister, dominated the political scene. and was admired for that from around the world. president obama pay tribute to the way that she made them in his words, had shown britain out to be -- is the politician, the policies that are being commemorated here very much so. the policies, the controversies for many years to come as all political policies or. but know what i think will forget the woman who was single-minded determination won three elections in rows and impose her will on this country for over a decade. from the st. paul's cathedral, good afternoon. >> finishing up our coverage of the funeral for former british prime ministers margaret thatcher, courtesy of the bbc. the ceremony concluded. prime minister thatcher's coffin will be taken to the one hospital chelsea for private cremation later today. if you missed any of our coverage of the services you can watch it in its entirety in the c-span video library. go to c-span.org. we will re-air the funeral this coming
and controversial. in particular to eliminate great britain as a political and economic rival in the post world war. that might seem remarketble now. it was a great democratic ally in the second world war. the u.s. treasury was obsessed with making sure that we could exploit this unique moment in time to eliminate what we consider to be our last remaining rival in the world which was great britain. quote from henry morgan speaking to president trueman after franklin roosevelt died. he wanted to explain. henry morgan is the treasury secretary. i intended, quote "to move the financial center from london and wall street to the united states treasury" wall streetly is particularly -- [inaudible] [laughter] this was part of new deal antibanker agenda. it wasn't just international. it was the new deal. henry morgan told the u.s. delegation, quote, now the advantage is ours here. i personally think we should take it. to which harry dexter white added if the advantage was theirs, that is britain's they will take it. so the u.s. was absolutely determined to exploit this moment in time. so woods was in effec
for an april 17 funeral get under way, the passing of margaret thatcher, britain's first female leader and the country's longest serving prime minister in the 20th century, is eliciting a mixed response from the british public. alex thomson of independent television news reports. spishgs i late last night, her body was removed from the it are hotel in the center of london. ready to begin a carefully managed process. tony blair dubbed princess diana the people's princess, david cameron called margaret thatcher the patriot prime minister. both end up with what looks and feels like a state funeral but isn't. >> she was a great prime minister. she was prime minister for 11 years and was totally transformational for the country and i think there's a huge amount of people who will want to not just in britain but around the world who will want to pay their respects to her. >> reporter: in death and life the thatcher story is two stories of love and hatred, they will be there for the jewel jis next week but across britain many, many other people will be singing very different songs and feeling
to britain in the 1970's. the success of government had failed to deal with what was beginning to be called the british disease. relations,ndustrial poor productivity, persistently high inflation. though it seems absurd today, the state had got so big that it owned our airports and airline, the phones in our houses, trucks on our roads. even a removal company. the air was thick with defeatism. there was a sense that the role of government was something to manage decline. margaret thatcher rejected this defeatism. she had a clear view about what needed to change. inflation was to be controlled, not by policies, but i monetary and fiscal discipline. industries were to be set free into the private sector. trade unions handed back to their members. people should be able to buy their own homes. success in these endeavors was never short. her political story was one of a perpetual battle, in the country, in this place, and sometimes even in her own cabinet. an career could have taken entirely different path. in the late 1940's, before she entered politics, she went for a job at ici. the personnel
minister in england, in great britain, 1979 to 1990. she led a conservative government for that time. she was a fierce ally of the united states. a great friend to ronald reagan and controversial for some in britain with austerity measures, she battled the unions there. she also led that nation in the falkland war against arrest aga argentina. solidified support within that condition. >> she escaped an ira terrorist bombing at her hotel and she went on eventually to see peace, at that time unthinkable. so she saw a lot of changes over her life time. including 2002, she retired from public life after a series of small strokes and she's been really very private since then. her daughter confirmed in 2008 that she was suffering from dementia, but clearly a woman whose public image was very -- iron lady. >> you say talk about the changes she saw, how about this, she was the first and only so far woman prime minister of britain. and she led that country again through difficult times. and still an icon in that country. >> 87 years old. and again her spokesman is confirming to cnn that margaret t
and, of course, gender barriers to become britain's first female prime minister and a great one at that. and that's ahead. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. >>> welcome back to "hardball." as we reported earlier in the show, former british prime minister margaret thatcher passed away at the age of 87. her 11 years and half as british prime minister were historic. she was the first woman to lead the uk and the first woman really to lead a western power in modern history. i guess you have to go back to elizabeth i to see an earlier version of leadership in the world. today british prime minister david cameron spoke of her influence. >> we've lost a great prime minister, a great leader, a great britain. as our first woman prime minister, margaret thatcher succeeded against all the odds and the real thing about margaret thatcher is that she didn't just lead our country, she saved our country. >> joining me right now is the great historian, doug brinkley. and andrea mitchell. the host of "andrea mitchell reports" on this network. we knew it was coming. she had demen
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the british economy, she revitalized britain, she will be a thread throughout today's program. here she is on the floor of parliament. >> the honorable gentleman knows i have the same contempt of his policies as the people of east europe have experienced-- i think i must have hit the right nail on the head he when i pointed out to the logic of those policies-- . it's monday. a brand new start. your chance to rise and shine. with centurylink as your trusted technology partner, you can do just that. with our visionary cloud infrastructure, global broadband network and custom communications solutions, your business is more reliable - secure - agile. and with responsive, dedicated support, we help you shine every day of the week. [ male announcer ] this is karen and jeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they're gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement people who are paid on s
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